Nicole at LillyElla Stitchery made another great pattern, named Love Story. Love story has two options- Poetry and Prose. I made the Poetry version in the 10 inch and 16 inch size. The picture below is from Nicole’s blog, Poetry is the pink and white block, while Prose is the navy and white block.
I followed the directions in the pattern and made my blocks in shades of red, pink and aqua. Then they became the front side of a couple of pillows.
Supplies for the 16 inch pillow:
10 inch block
fabric (estimating 1/2 yard, but this was in my stash)
pillow form (this one is 16 inch)
TIP: I like to cut my fabrics about 1 inch larger than the size of the pillow form. This gives me 1/2 seam allowance and a little wiggle room if I need or want it.
In this case I decided to frame the heart with some red Riley Blake fabric by Carina Gardner. I added four inches to each side, then trimmed down to my 17 inch goal.
The back is done a little differently because I do overlapping flaps. Just in case I ever want to wash the cover, or put a new one on the same pillow form. For the back I cut 2 pieces of fabric 17 inches x 11.5 inches. Take them to the iron and press the long side down 1/2 inch.
Take that same edge and fold it over 2 inches and iron flat.
Stitch this down about a 1/4 inch from the edge. It makes a nice finish and holds the folded edges in place.
Then take the front side of your pillow and lay it face up. Then take one of the back pieces and lay it face down, directly on the front. I put this first section on the bottom half of the project.
Then you take the second back section and lay it face side down, matching corners and over the TOP of the first back section. Pin in place. Stitch 1/2 inch around the entire project.
Sniped all the corners, just a bit. Then when you turn it right side out the corners won’t have the extra bulk.
Stuff the pillow form inside of your freshly minted pillow cover. Wiggle and push – you know like you are stuffing your post Thanksgiving body into jeans! (giggle!) Here is the back- the flaps overlap and hide the pillow form inside.
Here are the two sizes I made…. The blue one moved into our house for Valentine’s Day. The red one is going to a friend who is having a wedding in a couple of weeks!
I love pattern testing for Nicole, this pattern has lots of choices- I love choices! They are easy to follow, so even a newbie can give them a try. :) Go check out Nicole’s patterns, she has some cute ones!!